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Leicester extend five player contracts

By Tom Webber
Leicester Tigers and England prop Dan Cole

England prop Dan Cole and former Australia international Matt Toomua were among five Leicester Tigers players to sign contract extensions on Monday.

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Cole, who has appeared in 75 Tests for his country and been on two British and Irish Lions tours, came through Leicester’s academy and has gone on to make 185 appearances in the front row.

He said in a Tigers statement: “I am very happy to sign a new contract at Leicester. The quality and depth of the playing squad along with the direction of Matt O’Connor made re-signing an easy decision to make.”

While the length of the 29-year-old’s new deal was not disclosed by the Tigers, Toomua’s renewal will run until 2020.

“I’m very excited about committing to the club for a few more years,” said Toomua.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. Despite having an injury-interrupted first year, I have loved being a part of the club and am very excited about our ambitions in the near future.

“Leicester Tigers have a rich history and it’s a privilege to have the opportunity to add to it.”

Leicester also announced renewals for Telusa Veainu, Mike Williams and Greg Bateman.

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William 1 hours ago
All Blacks vs England takeaways: Richie Who? Time for Cortez

Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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